Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Brut NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: PROSECCO DI CONEGLIANO-VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DOCG / Varietal(s): GLERA AKA PROSECCO --- The Sommariva family has worked the vines on the high plains of the Veneto for several generations, selling off most of their crop as was the practice at the time, until Caterino Sommariva and his wife Urbana began purchasing hillside vineyards in the 1970s, deciding to plant it exclusively to prosecco (now known by its historical name, glera.) Thus they were ideally situated when Prosecco and the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene began to gain recognition in the late ‘80s for the light, clean sparkling wine that's so popular today. Now joined by their daughter, Cinzia, the Sommarivas take their work seriously, producing wines that bely Prosecco's light and easy reputation. They adhere to eco-friendly practices in the vineyards, harvesting by hand, and vinifiying in stainless steel. The result is a beautifully complex Prosecco, bursting with flavors of tart Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, and lychee. Rich and dry on the palate, the faintest whiff of toastiness evokes a Champagne-like character. Just fantastic for toasting or pairing with stuffed mushrooms or ricotta, mozzarella, and basil flatbread!
Les Capriades "Piège à Filles" Pét-Nat Rosé 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GAMAY+CÔT+CABERNET FRANC+PINEAU D'AUNIS --- Located in the Touraine, Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche are among the top producers of pét-nats in the Loire, possibly in all of France. Their setup resembles that of a Champagne house (albeit a very small one!), buying most of their grapes (which they harvest themselves from a small bunch of organic growers near Faverolles) and keeping a laser-like focus on the winemaking. Pét-nats made using the méthode ancestrale are simultaneously incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to do well. Because the wines are made without sulfur, the grapes have to be as perfect as possible to avoid flaws in the wine. The juice begins to ferment in tank, and the wines are bottled mid-fermentation to complete their fermentation under a crown cap, trapping carbonic gas and giving them their soft, frothy bubbles. Everything is disgorged and this bottling is sealed in a slightly bizarre (but resealable!) plastic closure of German invention. Their wines get a longer-than-usual time on their lees, which increases finesse and character. This rosé pét-nat is mostly gamay, with small amounts of côt, cabernet franc and pineau d'aunis. Incredibly aromatic, it bursts with cherry blossom and fruit character, along with light hints of ripe kiwi. It leans toward the dry side, but still maintains the slightest touch of sweet fruit on a clean finish. A wonderful aperitif, this would also be fantastic with goat cheese toast.
Tuck Beckstoffer Wines The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- 1975 was a defining year for many: Bill Gates founded Microsoft, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first episode of Saturday Night Live debuted... Among its many iconic developments, 1975 also marks the year the Beckstoffer family put down roots in Napa, as pioneers of the burgeoning grape growing industry. Tuck Beckstoffer grew up among the vines, and after studying with winemaking legends both at home and abroad, Tuck determined to start making wines of his own, releasing a cabernet sauvignon in 1997 to critical acclaim and demand. The Seventy Five Wine Company was founded to create wines that express the essence of California wine country, without breaking the bank. This cab manages to do all that quite nicely: ruby red in the glass, with seductive aromas of strawberry preserve, and black mission figs overlaid by a touch of thyme. Deep flavors of Bing cherry and black raspberry linger in the mouth for a long, satisfying finish. A perfect winter red, open this with burgers topped with bacon, melty Gouda, arugula, caramelized onions, and a roasted balsamic cherry & poblano chutney.